This week’s Scan is mostly about tinkering with the idea of stories, and the medium in which one is delivered.
BBC’s picking up the banner of satire-as-news-delivery-service, but stitching it into a serious news program (think Borat with a segment on “The News Hour.”)
Andrew Losowsky wonders whether there should be a Birchbox for news. [The Scan goes out via email, first thing on Thursdays, and there was a fun following conversation on Twitter about whether and how this might happen.]
And then there’s the question of whether an experienced storyteller in one medium has any business messing around in another. Haven’t we all thought about it?
So, to the links:
- Completely Objective. You get a box in the mail. Inside: a copy of Charlie Hebdo. A blank Air Asia boarding pass. Can objects change the news experience? (And is this a public media membership premium?)
- A Story Is a Story, Right? Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Pang decided to make a documentary. He learned some stuff about changing media mid-career.
- What’s Up, Africa? BBC News program “Focus on Africa” is trying an experiment to reach younger, non-traditional audiences: Satire. Genius, end of the world, or something else?